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Creating a Journal

Journals are a personal space for students to communicate privately with the instructor. Students can also use journals as a self-reflective tool to post their opinions, ideas, and concerns about the course, or discuss and analyze course related materials. Journal assignments can be broad and student-directed as the Students reflect on the learning process and document changes in their perceptions and attitudes. Students can describe problems faced and how they solved them. Instructor-directed journal entries can be more formal in nature and can narrow the focus by listing topics for discussion.

Journals are ideal for individual projects. For example, in a creative writing course, the owner of each journal creates entries and the instructor adds comments. In this manner, the student can refine a section of a writing assignment over a period of time, using the instructor’s guidance and suggestions. The student can also comment on his or her entries to continue the conversation with the instructor.

Journals can be used as a graded assignment or ungraded to gather opinions and information.

Instructors can create one or more journals for use by students in their courses. Journal topics must be created before students can add their entries.

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About Journals

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